“Memory believes before knowing remembers. Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders”
William Faulkner, “Light in August,”
Chapter Six, Paragraph One.
Light in August, a novel about hopeful perseverance in the face of mortality, features some of Faulkner’s most memorable characters: guileless, dauntless Lena Grove, in search of the father of her unborn child; Reverend Gail Hightower, who is plagued by visions of Confederate horsemen; and Joe Christmas, a desperate, enigmatic drifter consumed by his mixed ancestry.